As Stars players arrived at the practice facility in Frisco on Friday for an 11:30 a.m. practice, they expected the standard routine: A video session to begin the day. Take the ice for a quick warmup skate. Drills. Work on specific things, such as special teams. With the team in a five-game winless streak, there’s certainly plenty to work on.
At 10:30 a.m., players filed into a room. Stars assistant video coach Matt Rodell greeted the players, but instead of showing film on the Florida Panthers, Dallas’ next opponent on Monday, he revealed a list of the Stars’ roster. Stars head coach Rick Bowness took the floor to explain that this was going to be a “mental break day.”
“I don’t want them coming to the rink, ‘Ah, jeez, here we go, just another day. Let’s get playing (games).’” Bowness said. “They probably came to the rink thinking more drills, more skating, so we just had a quick meeting with them and said, ‘We’re going to have some fun out there.’ We want them to look forward to coming to the rink every day.”